Using feedback to improve your grades

Wondering how you can improve your grades throughout the session? Here’s some great advice, courtesy of the Charles Sturt Academic Skills team.

When you receive your marked assignment back, take the time to look over the written feedback carefully. This means looking at more than just the grade.

Positive feedback will tell you what you did right and what you gained marks for. Keep doing these things in future assessments.

Feedback outlining areas of improvement will tell you where you potentially lost marks in the assessment. Think about how you can improve these things and gain extra marks in future assessments.

Review the rubric carefully, as this is the standard the markers use to evaluate your work for marking.

In addition, you could collate all of the comments written in your marked assessments. Actively reviewing these and working on improving your skills in these areas will ensure that your understanding of the content, and writing and learning skills grow. It will also help you avoid making the same mistakes over and over.

Identifying areas of your assessment that have let you down will help you understand what measures you can take to address them and improve your performance in the next assignment. This could include areas in your assignment rubric, subject content, written structure, and referencing. In future, you could even submit your assignments for feedback on the written expression before you hand your work in for marking.

Things to consider:

  • Use feedback to improve your overall performance in future assessments.
  • To address areas of improvement, check out the extensive range of Academic Skills services and resources to help you build your academic skills and improve your grades.